When Zack Snyder unveiled plans to release his version of Justice League during a Man of Steel watch party event, the internet went crazy. And for good reason. For more than three years we have witnessed passion, determination, and love in the name of the #ReleasetheSnyderCut movement. It was a joyous day, a day that will have a major impact on Hollywood, or more importantly in this case, have great ramifications for Warner Bros. and their handling of all things DC moving forward.
Let’s just get this out of the way. We are getting Zack Snyder’s Justice League on HBO Max in 2021 (Rumored to release May 20, 2021. However, these claims have not yet been substantiated) While this is great news and something we should not take for granted. It’s hard to not notice that this appears to be leading to something much, much bigger.
When it comes to comics, DC has always utilized their Multiverse rather well. Doing this has allowed them to explore different iterations of beloved characters without implicating their main on-going stories.
This brings us to the recent Snyder Cut announcement.
In 2021 we will see Matt Reeve’s Batman film as well as Zack Snyder’s Justice League (ZSJL for short). Both will feature the caped crusader but played by different actors and be completely different iterations of the character.
No, Robert Pattinson is NOT playing a younger version of Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne. Accept it and move on because…
This will be our first real representation of the Multiverse within the DC film properties. Something DC and Warner Bros. has wanted to do since the unfortunate cancellation of Justice League Mortal in 2009. A film that was set to lay the ground work to explore the endless possibilities of a multiverse. Well before the MCU was established or even sniffing at a multiverse.
It is true we have had multiple Batman films with different iterations of the character. Tim Burton’s Batman, Schumaker’s Batman and Nolan’s Batman are all separate from those who came before them. But it was in 2019 when Greg Belanti and CW decided to showcase the multiverse on a small scale. It was revealed that all of these iterations of Batman, Flash, Superman, Wonder Woman, etc. had all taken place within the multiverse. A bold move and one that is paying off dividends for DC film and TV fans.
The Multiverse is here and it’s time to get onboard
The possibilities are endless and exciting with DC Films. In a way you can thank Joker for this. A home run for WB. The success with that film, a movie that was not connected to any other DC property, showed management that movie goers can grasp and understand the idea of different iterations of a character being used in multiple mediums at one time.
Let’s also not forget to mention that the low cost of making a movie like that absolutely benefits the creative process for story-tellers. Because of this we will see many more films take a similar approach within the genre.
So what does this all mean?
It’s pretty simple. With scripts and partially finished films laying around like, Ben Affleck’s Batman and David Ayer’s cut of Suicide Squad. WB and AT&T may want to explore the possibilities of dropping some money into those projects and release them on HBO Max. Just as they have done with ZSJL. It would be a huge win and gain for the studio and will show how Warner Bros. is the Filmmakers studio.
Finally, we can’t forget that HBO Max is the home of the upcoming Justice League Dark, currently in development with JJ Abrams and his Bad Robot production company. Geoff John’s Green Lantern Corps., Doom Patrol, and speculatively Titans.
Without a doubt its easy to see that….
We are now in the DC Multiverse.